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‘Plug and play’ fire alarm management and monitoring software introduced by Global Fire Equipment

07 February 2022

GLOBAL FIRE Equipment (GFE) has launched OWL, an advanced ‘plug and play’ fire alarm management and monitoring software for the company’s CHAMELEON Network range of intelligent control panels.

Thanks to the high-quality graphical user interface (GUI) included, OWL users can monitor the status of their fire alarm panels and receive real-time information and complete visibility of their entire fire detection alarm system.

Intuitive, user-friendly and very easy to set up and operate, OWL is badged as “the ideal solution” for all sizes and types of installations, supporting as it does everything from a single panel system through to multi-panel and multi-site applications with up to 64 systems.

In three simple steps, customers can use OWL to import their configuration files from the panel to the OWL monitoring software:

Step 1: Export the configuration files from the fire alarm control panel to a PC

Step 2: Import the configuration files from the PC to the OWL software

Step 3: Commission the system with a simple click, drag and drop

OWL is fully compatible with GFE’s aforementioned CHAMELEON Network range of intelligent control panels: G-ONE, GEKKO and OCTO+. As it’s a PC-based platform, OWL can be accessed simultaneously from different PCs wherever they’re located in the world as long as they are on the same network. The software can be backed up in case of a main PC outage, while the customer’s configuration file can also be restored.

Real-time identification

OWL’s GUI displays all of the system’s devices and alarm events, along with information about the present state of the panel. Arranged in a simple and logical way using a floor plan, the graphics and icons allow end users to identify in real-time any fire alarms and faults and then quickly respond.

Each panel can be displayed on the screen as though the operator was standing in front of it, while basic command actions such as ‘activate sounders’, ‘silence sounders’, ‘silence buzzers’ and ‘system reset’ can be achieved in an intuitive way from the software’s main menu. Simple control buttons allow the user to enable and disable field devices. Analogue values can also be obtained from all field devices via a menu selection.

OWL software records every individual alarm, fault, user access and interaction on the fire detection alarm system, providing complete system visibility. The affected area of the building is highlighted, with the icons indicating the exact location of an alarm event or fault. Every system interaction is logged. Those logs can be exported if and when required (for example, to provide an insurance company with a log of alarms/warnings in the event of a fire or to deliver a Fire and Rescue Service the fire detection logs for weekly fire testing).

Levels of control

There are two levels of control with the OWL software: administrator and operator. Up to four administrators can have full access to the system and use the software to make any changes to the system’s cause and effect configuration. Programming for administrators is password protected.

An unlimited number of end users can be granted operator control and receive e-mail or SMS notifications – or both. Once the users are defined, each individual user can then be given specific instructions.

Fernando Oliveira, director at GFE, informed Fire Safety Matters: “We’re very excited to launch our new OWL software which has been a year in development. OWL fills a gap in the global market for a user-friendly alarm management and monitoring software programme which is easy to assemble, connect and operate.”

Oliveira continued: “This launch is the first of three planned phases in the product development for OWL and, with a number of installations of this software now already underway across our global customer base, the next phase is to develop an OWL app and a connective tool in the near future. Eventually, our plan is for OWL to evolve to become a cloud-based system whereby our customers will be able to control centralised systems and keep track of their panels wherever they’re located in the world.”

*Further information about Global Fire Equipment is available online at www.globalfire-equipment.com